Paying for College

Got A Summer Job?

Even though the (true) national unemployment rate is around 20%, there are still summer job openings available for high schoolers and college students. Have you landed one yet? Maybe a better question would be: Have you even started looking for one yet? If your answer to either question is "No!" then let me suggest an interesting resource for you: SummerJobs.com.

The site proclaims, "Surf for the Perfect Summer Job:


SummerJobs.com offers summer jobs and seasonal staff positions with camps, amusement parks, resorts, national parks, hotels, environmental organizations and more." I wish I had had this kind of tool available to me when I was in high school. Of course, even if computers were available to me back then they would have been useless, since the invention of electricity was still years away.

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And, even though in a previous post I noted what some experts view as a depressed summer-job market, SummerJobs.com offers reason for optimism. Lets take a look at what you'll find there.

It looks like SummerJobs.com makes at least some of its revenue from the companies that sign up to have their job openings posted there.  Here are a few examples:

Fund for Public InterestNannyPro.comTripp Lake Camp
Camps Kenwood & EvergreenCare.comCamp  Wahnee
Camp  LohikanSwim QuickVector Marketing

Plus, if your geographic location is convenient, you can take advantage of ads like this one:

Here at Universal Orlando®, we do the extraordinary every day. We show our guests how to have a great time, all while having an unforgettable experience of our own. Join us this summer in a full-time, part-time or seasonal position, and you'll see that our jobs are far from ordinary. Apply online at www.UniversalOrlandoJobs.com and be part of the thrills and excitement!

The best feature of the site, in my opinion, is the search engine. You can search by job type, location, employer, and some other criteria, all of which are explained in the helpful search instructions. For example, I searched for "camp counselor" and got these "12 of 500" results:

Job TitleEmployerLocationIndustryDate Posted
General Camp CounselorCamp TakajoNaples, ME, United StatesCamping, Sports and Recreation

05/17/2010
Music - summer camp counselorCamp TakajoNaples, ME, United StatesArts, Entertainment, and Media, Camping, Sports and Recreation

04/30/2010
Baseball - summer camp counselorCamp TakajoNaples, ME, United StatesCamping, Sports and Recreation

04/30/2010
Soccer - summer camp counselorCamp TakajoNaples, ME, United StatesCamping, Childcare, Sports and Recreation

05/17/2010
Ceramics - summer camp counselorCamp TakajoNaples, ME, United StatesArts, Entertainment, and Media, Camping

05/17/2010
LACROSSE Summer Camp Counselor NeededCamp TakajoNaples, ME, United StatesCamping, Sports and Recreation

05/17/2010
Photography - summer camp counselorCamp TakajoNaples, ME, United StatesArts, Entertainment, and Media, Camping

05/17/2010
Journalism - summer camp counselorCamp TakajoNaples, ME, United StatesArts, Entertainment, and Media, Camping

04/30/2010
Teach Woodworking - summer camp counselorCamp TakajoNaples, ME, United StatesArts, Entertainment, and Media, Camping

05/17/2010
Flag Football - summer camp counselorCamp TakajoNaples, ME, United StatesCamping, Sports and Recreation

05/07/2010
Secretarial - summer camp counselorCamp TakajoNaples, ME, United StatesAdministrative and Support Services, Camping

05/17/2010
Roller Hockey - summer camp counselorCamp TakajoNaples, ME, United StatesCamping, Sports and Recreation

05/17/2010

Then, I clicked the "By Location" option and got this:

Job TitleEmployerLocationIndustryDate Posted
Camp Assistant at Kulik LodgeKatmailand, Inc.Katmai National Park, AK, United StatesHotel, Resort or Lodge

03/15/2010
Camp Assistant at Brooks LodgeKatmailand, Inc.Katmai National Park, AK, United StatesAgriculture, Forestry, & Fishing, Building and Grounds Maintenance, Camping, Customer Service and Call Center, Entertainment, Environmental, Hospitality/Tourism, Hotel, Resort or Lodge, National Park, Other, Restaurant and Food Service, Sports and Recreation, Transportation and Warehousing

03/15/2010
Manager / Guide at Grosvenor LodgeKatmailand, Inc.Katmai National Park, AK, United StatesAgriculture, Forestry, & Fishing, Camping, Entertainment, Environmental, Hospitality/Tourism, Hotel, Resort or Lodge, Management, National Park, Other, Restaurant and Food Service, Retail/Wholesale, Sports and Recreation

03/15/2010
Camp Cook / Lodge Keeper at Grosvenor LodgeKatmailand, Inc.Katmai National Park, AK, United StatesAgriculture, Forestry, & Fishing, Camping, Entertainment, Environmental, Hospitality/Tourism, Hotel, Resort or Lodge, Management, National Park, Other, Restaurant and Food Service, Retail/Wholesale, Sports and Recreation

03/15/2010
Camp Director - TempeiD Tech CampArizona State University, AZ, United StatesCamping, Childcare, Computers, Software, Education, Training, and Library, Health and Safety, Hospitality/Tourism

03/15/2010
Camp Instructor - TempeiD Tech CampArizona State University, AZ, United StatesArts, Entertainment, and Media, Camping, Computers, Hardware, Computers, Software, Education, Training, and Library, Health and Safety

03/15/2010
Camp Director - CaliforniaiD Tech CampMultiple Locations, CA, United StatesCamping, Childcare, Computers, Software, Education, Training, and Library, Health and Safety, Hospitality/Tourism

03/15/2010
Camp Instructor - CaliforniaiD Tech CampMultiple Locations, CA, United StatesArts, Entertainment, and Media, Camping, Computers, Hardware, Computers, Software, Education, Training, and Library, Health and Safety

03/15/2010
Creative Writing Instructor - A Great Job for Writers and/or Teachers - $600/wk - Lekha School of Creative WritingLekha School of Creative Writing - Lekha Publishers LLC.San Jose, CA, United StatesArts, Entertainment, and Media, Childcare, Education, Training, and Library, Other, Publishing

05/03/2010
Summer Camp StaffColorado Mountain RanchBoulder - Gold Hill, CO, United StatesCamping, Childcare, Education, Training, and Library, Environmental, Nonprofit, Sports and Recreation

04/30/2010
Camp Director - ColoradoiD Tech CampColorado State University & University of Denver, CO, United StatesCamping, Childcare, Computers, Software, Education, Training, and Library, Health and Safety, Hospitality/Tourism

03/15/2010
Camp Instructor - ColoradoiD Tech CampColorado State University & University of Denver, CO, United StatesArts, Entertainment, and Media, Camping, Computers, Hardware, Computers, Software, Education, Training, and Library, Health and Safety

03/15/2010

Again, these are the first dozen of 500 listings.  This is a quite helpful search process, which can really drill down to specifics for you.

Bottom line: SummerJobs.com appears ready and able to deliver a summer job for you. Go get one!

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